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How Mindfulness can help with your FPL decisions


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We’ve all been there. Logging on to the Fantasy Premier League website just to have another look at our team. It’s beautiful, a masterpiece. The only issue is that we’ve already looked at it today. Why are we looking again? The answer is very simple really, and it’s mainly dopamine.

Just as Facebook used ‘psychological hacking’ in order to (and this is a genuine quote) ‘take as much of our time and attention as possible’. FPL innocently and unknowingly exerts a familiar influence over many of its managers.

I’m not that good at FPL. I always have a good start but things get messy along the way and I end up somewhere in the top 10 of my mini-leagues, occasionally in the money. I also have an addictive personality by nature, and so ordinarily FPL takes up too much of my time.

I’m a Mindfulness trainer by trade and my aim for this season is to use my knowledge of psychology and mental health in order to have more fun and less stress. After speaking to lots of friends, I see that this seems to be a good recipe for many others as well.

I’ve seen more and more talk about the psychological blunders we all make with FPL, and reactive transfers is a great example of the relationship between Mindfulness and this dear old game. Reactivity is perhaps the number one trait we try to address in mindfulness and meditation courses.

There are a few other nuggets of wisdom within the principles of Mindfulness which relate quite nicely to FPL and the unnecessary issues it can cause. I thought it might be helpful for readers if I summarised a few of the key ones here:

CONTROL

How De Bruyne's new Man City role affects his FPL credentials this season

Perhaps the most important source of FPL suffering is the illusion of control. Despite all the statistics anyone can possibly muster, the truth (however hard to hear it might be) is:

You don’t know what’s going to happen in any of those football matches.

It’s worth reading again because this is vital. We really don’t know. We are guessing. Yes, of course, there are trends, and of course, there’s a high probability that Kevin De Bruyne is going to get quite a few points against Fulham at home, but we can never know for sure and it is totally out of our control.

The follow up truth from this is:

How many points you get this week, or across the season, is not in your control. 

Strange to consider, isn’t it? I bet some people reading this beg to differ, but think about it. Every single point you have ever gained in FPL has been because a random human being miles away from you did something with a football, and it had nothing to do with you. 

Remembering this should be a relief. It takes away a lot of the grasping and clinging to what you think you definitely know, or how well you should/could do this week. Perhaps the most important consequence of remembering this first principle is that we remember to enjoy the game.

FUN

Did you forget? FPL is supposed to be fun! We all started playing this game because it’s enjoyable to try to guess what’s going to happen in the future, and to be rewarded when our guesses are correct. Enjoying the thrill of the unknown. 

This year, with more advice, news and FPL services available than ever before, there is a real risk of many of us losing sight of the enjoyment of the game more than ever before as well. If you really think about it, do you want to give so much energy and time to something which you are not enjoying? None of us do. So it’s in our interests to understand those factors which suck the fun out of the game and attempt to address them in our own relationship with FPL.

Mindfulness is great for this. Any time you notice that you’re miserable or stressed out because of FPL, it’s a good chance to stop and take some time to investigate what’s really going on. Slow down and pay attention to what’s happening in your inner world; bring it into the light. This is a form of meditation, and it doesn’t need to be done sitting on a cushion with your eyes closed. Rather than letting negative emotions drive your behaviour, be ruthless in remembering the above two points: it’s not in your control, and it’s supposed to be fun. Let go!

CONSCIOUS CLICKING

FPL relaunches with/without unlimited transfers for all managers

I started this article by mentioning the relentless checking of the website which many of us have fallen prey to. This behaviour takes place because we get a dopamine hit released in our brain every time we look at our team and remember that we might be rewarded in the future for those players doing well this weekend. Just like Instagram, Twitter etc, this is creating a feedback loop which is incredibly addictive.

The good news is that this means the remedies are the same and there are many. We should consider why we are checking the website and our team and begin to transition to consciously checking when we have a reason to do so. When we pay attention to our behaviours, we begin to transform them.

This is another strategy which can alleviate stress and bring some fun back into the game. Less time wasted is only going to be a good thing. Gradually bringing consciousness into the checking of the website will filter into your thinking processes as well, and before long you will be wasting less energy thinking badly about your transfers during the week and confusing the issue.

Who would want to be addicted to looking at a teamsheet of players from random football teams who you think are going to do well on the weekend? None of us do, and there’s no reason why we need to.

CLEAR THINKING

I was interested to see how well Magnus Carlsen did in FPL last year, and having just started learning to play chess, I think I can see some of the reasons why. Besides having a superhuman memory (which must really help when it comes to remembering stats and transfer options), chess requires extraordinarily clear thinking and decision making.

Magnus is incredibly good at blitz chess, which is when you have only a small amount of time to make your move, and this means he is very good at making decisions without wasting energy. This must be so useful for FPL. When he looks at his team and realises a strategy isn’t likely to pay off, I presume that he immediately discards it at light speed as he would do in a chess match, instead of ruminating over it as most of us would. This clarity of thought, unfortunately, isn’t something we all possess! However, we can still learn from this and try to bring some of it into our own play.

An example of this in relation to Mindfulness is to notice when you are thinking badly about FPL. If it’s just in the back burner of your mind, ticking away throughout the week, this isn’t necessarily helping you.

It would be better to consciously think about it for a short amount of time and make clear decisions which you understand. Make a routine for doing transfers which gives you enough time to gather the info you need and then make your decision, but doesn’t allow you to waste lots of your week. As you practice thinking more clearly and not wasting mental energy, you get better at it. That can only be a good thing.

MEDITATION

Perhaps the most important aspect of practising meditation is that it allows us to access a deeper state of mind. When we are in a deeper state of mind, everything is better. It brings clarity to our thinking and makes it more difficult for negative emotions to hang around and ruin our day.

Really slowing down and allowing the mind to rest fills it with energy, which is more powerful than the kind of energy we use on a day-to-day basis. This energy is likely to help us make much better decisions and enjoy our FPL season. So take a deep breath (or 100) before burning those four points!


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2,172 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    With Ndidi out for 2-3 months, De Bruyne captain just becomes even more enticing. I was hesitating between KDB and Werner but now the armband is firmly on KDB.

    1. DIMITRIS
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      He's locked as C in my team also.

    2. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Agreed

    3. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sterling will be my captain

    4. sinik
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      good point

      Leicester struggled mightily last season when Ndidi was out. I remember it distinctly as an early Vardy owner at the time who then held on a bit too long.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        He has been playing CB the last couple of games anyway. But will be a big miss

    5. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Playing the fixture Bruno(c)

      1. sinik
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Form over fixtures. United don't look very good.

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          according to joshua bull and his mathematical modeling, for captains, we should consider the fixture over the form, and for transfers, we should consider the form (4 games) over the fixtures.

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            He won fpl last year btw

          2. sinik
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Fair point, but how are you determining the fixture? Is it based purely on name? Is it based on some potentially outdated coefficients in a ticket? Because I wouldn't argue Brighton is a particularly good fixture atm.

    6. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yup, I moved from Salah to KdB upon hearing that news

  2. DIMITRIS
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts:
    Spurs assets : Son's 4 goals and Kane's 4 assists could be like Halley's comet. They'll come around next time they play a back line that high as at Southampton, which I recon is not going to happen soon. Maybe against Leeds, or when Mou decides to park the bus and wait on counter - and even then these 4 goals won't happen. Maybe one. So I guess sudden interest in Son and Kane is a classic FPL knee-jerk move. Watch them against a side which will park the bus - like Newcastle might do on Sunday and you'll see how they struggle to create. That might change with Bale and Regulion, but until they are fit and playing, I think there are better assets than Kane and Son.
    Manchester United assets: Without a proper defensive coverage in midfield ( MATIC ) Bruno must get deeper in order to get the ball from defence to the attack. That's because Lindelof and Maguire are so limited in that regard, that they are painfull to watch sometimes. Also, you can't really rely on Pogba doing that work. It will be interesting to see though how they will look with Van den Beek and Greenwood in first 11. James and Fosu Mensah are ABYSMAL combo on the right side, more like options for Fulham or WBA and certanly not for MUTD.
    With that said, I guess they are wait and see, mainly because of their price. Bruno at 10.5 playing "carillero" is not a good option, because you have the likes of KDB and Sterling for only 1.0 more which are proven FPL assets.

    Cheers.

    1. theoldgit
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      If Saints continue with a high line their defense is a 'no go' as far as I'm concerned. McCarthys positioning all wrong. Should be used as a sweeper. Not stuck on the goal line.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I completely agree with you.

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah, strange to watch, was surprised by Ralph's naivety

    2. Hospital Pass
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      There's a lot here - fair play. Counter-point on the Son question is traditional Jose tactics - sit deep and hit on the break. They'll get chances to break, even against Newcastle (who are more open). Son is potentially also under-priced, as he's a world class finisher. As for Man Utd, interesting - only the two Sirs ever got a serious trophy-winning tune out of them. But they could whip Brighton, who play into their hands.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I get your point on Son. I just don't trust Spurs as a whole. Maybe that will change with Bale and Regulion. Also, if Son is underpriced, that Bale could possibly be steal of the year at 9.5.

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

    4. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      disagree about son. he has the form and the fixtures.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Only time will tell who's right my friend...

  3. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    WC dilemma:

    A) Robbo, Son, Wood
    B) TAA, James, DCL

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      b

    2. Aubamazette
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      b

  4. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Aubameyang and ASM to KDB and Podence done. Goodnight

    1. DIMITRIS
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Good move.

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      same moves here

    3. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Good moves.

    4. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      My moves a couple of nights ago and still happy with them. GL!

  5. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Gwk3 team. -4

    McCarthy
    TAA Saiss Davies
    Salah Podence KDB Bruno Hames
    DCL Mitrovic

    Nyland Brewster Egan Ferguson

  6. Francescoli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Werner or Jesus on wildcard?

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Werner this week Jesus from gw3 on

        1. sinik
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Kun possibly back sooner than expected.

    2. Cheeto__Bandito
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Anyone here tried 0 hits all season, how did it go if so?

        Trying it this year, but proven hard to follow especially with injuries.

        1. Cheeto__Bandito
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Always here good stories of it like last years winner 0 hits, but any bad ranks with no hits taken?

            1. Chaste
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Ville ronka?

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 8 days ago

              That's the problem -- I'm not sure who would have the determination to stick with no hits if it wasn't working. Like Mark last year was stubborn enough to never own KDB, but no hits would take even more determination than that, I think.

            3. noquarternt
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Probably plenty, the most vocal people are always the ones with really high ranks.

              There are so many things to consider:

              If you get off to a good start you're less likely to take hits.

              If you take hits for players that are already highly owned by managers above you, you will solidify their leads.

              The only thing I think is undoubted common knowledge is that excessive hits will hurt you in the long run. If you cut yourself down to just a few for injuries or tactically spreading of funds etc rather than -8s and -12s every week your game will improve dramatically. To get up to elite ranks, it is much harder to understand the best route.

          • waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Made no hits last season, in fact over the years I would easily have more zero hit seasons than season with hits. Results are very mixed.

          • atcampos88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I have been hit adverse the past two seasons and it has led to my best finish (1.6k) and a solid finish (69k). Previously had only cracked top 100k once and have been playing for about 8 seasons (albeit seriously for only 4). Unless I really need to structurally deal with a problem in my team, it usually hurts me more than it helps. I have seen it pay off big time for some though!

          • Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Tried REALLY hard last year, trying REAAAALLLY hard again this. We'll see how it goes. They pay off rarely works IMHO, but when it does it can do so big time. . .

        2. Hart-ake
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Current WC draft. Any thoughts?

          Guaita (Steer)
          TAA James Saiss (Lamprey, Mitch)
          Salah KDB Roden Podence (Burke)
          Werner Jimmy DCL

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Perfect

          2. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Nice, identical to my set up...apart from personnel differences as I've Martinez (Guita), Robbo (Trent), Rod (Foden), Klich (Podence).
            GL!

            1. Hart-ake
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              I might just go to Martinez and pocket the 0.5 in the end. Klich v Podence is definitely a 50-50 for me, the penalties tempt me for sure.

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Guaita is an excellent pick imo mate and agree on the K/P coin flip

                1. Hart-ake
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Cheers! And GL yourself.

          3. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            No fear of son?

            1. Hart-ake
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Not really, he won't be facing Soton with that high line every week.!

          4. Citytilidie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Very similar to my set up, though Martinez, Robo, Castagne insteadf of Guiata, TAA and James. Have Podence currently but struggling between him and Klich because of pens. What worries me most is an easy switch to Chelsea mids when they get going.

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Are still keeping Castagne after Ndidi's injury?

              1. Citytilidie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Wasn't really looking at him for cleanies, but for attacking returns, like Robo and TAA

            2. Hart-ake
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Nice. Yes that worries me too, I would ideally want Pulisic at some point in the future and that would likely mean a striker downgrade.

          5. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks for the reply below. I would argue that Guaita is not worth the extra .5 over Martinez, Villa were quite solid at the back after Restart and will only improve with the new keeper and Cash. You have Mitch to cover any decent Palace fixtures too. I think -especially if he drops in price- Soucek is great value and allows more flexibility, and you're going to want two decent long term subs if you're going with Foden and Podence.

            Another way is to swap TAA for Robbo who I think will provide better value, TAA likely to drop soon so not too tricky to get him back if he does start outperforming the Scot.

            But of course I could be completely wrong 🙂

            1. Hart-ake
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Nice one, thanks! Am considering all these tricky points...

        3. Carefree Crew
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Marcal Wolves £5m. Yellow flagged 75% knock presently, but went straight into the team so I'm assuming he's first choice with Jonny out long term.
          Looks a better £5m option than Coady due to potential attacking returns. I can't afford Saiss & definitely want a Wolves defender.
          Lowly owned & good fixtures. How likely is he to start this week?

          1. Francescoli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Muscle injury so I can't imagine they'll risk him this week. Go Coady if you can't afford Saiss.

        4. Chaste
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Is Auba to KDB/Sterling (C) worth it for a -4?

          1. YEAH PITCH!
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Absolutely

            1. Chaste
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Would you pick KDB or Sterling?

              1. YEAH PITCH!
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 8 days ago

                KDB

                I think they will both finish the season on similar points. I like KDB for the penalty aspect. I also think he runs the show.

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Monopolising all set pieces

        5. bennyp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Thinking of a WC...

          Current team:
          Ramsdale - (Button)
          TAA - Digne - Davies - Taylor - (Mitchell)
          Salah(c) - Sterling - Harrison - (Diangana - Bissouma)
          Martial - Werner - Adams

          WC draft:
          Meslier - (Button)
          TAA - Ake - Taylor - (Mitchell - Dallas)
          Salah(c) - Sterling/KDB - Havertz - Jrod - Podence
          Jimi - Wood - (Brewster)

          Thoughts?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Always have the 4.0 keeper behind your choice of keeper.

        6. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Locked and loaded

          McCarthy – (Steer)
          TAA – Davies - Taylor – (Lascelles) (Ferguson)
          Salah VC – Bruno – (K)dB – Podence - (Burke)
          Werner – Adams - Mitro

          1. Aubamazette
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I like

          2. tinear
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Interesting. How Davies convince you? I too have him, but thinking of shipping him out soon.

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Worried about Davies and that front line tbh

        7. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Davies now my only worry if plays tomorrow, I'm doing Egan to James -4

          1. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Davies a Mou favourite, think he will play anyway

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              hope so!

        8. Ser Davos
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Jesus stats:

          16-17: 8 starts - 7 goals
          17-18: 19 starts - 13 goals
          18-19: 8 starts - 7 goals
          19-20: 21 starts - 14 goals

          1. Hospital Pass
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            In short, not worth 9.5m? How the living heck you can play up front for that team and score that few I don't know, but I guess he presses well.

            1. Hospital Pass
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              ps. Useful info either way. Thanks.

            2. Ser Davos
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Firminoesque maybe

              That record looks reasonable to myself

              1. Hospital Pass
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Well said. I'm too harsh. I actually think he can finish like an angel but is streaky as heck.

                1. Ser Davos
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  You make very viable points and he's a classic one of those that you're 50-50 on (million and one it seems atm)

              2. Ser Davos
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                He was a brilliant asset when he first came in 16-17. Was never rotated and at 9m

                1. Hospital Pass
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  I see where you're going with this. Doh! Starts = goals. Sorry, some of us are thick.

          2. noquarternt
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Shh

            1. Ser Davos
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              That's why I'm posting at the dead of night 😉

              1. noquarternt
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                its 10am for me!

                1. Ser Davos
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Whereabouts in Aus?

                  1. noquarternt
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    Big red rock

                    1. Ser Davos
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 8 days ago

                      Ah, that's you're based, not just a pretty grav

                      1. Ser Davos
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        Chris, sounds like I'm chatting you up 😆

                        1. noquarternt
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 8 days ago

                          😀 hah

                          Yeah there isn't a lot of stuff to do out here that isn't bush walking in your time off- plenty of time for FPL stressing!

        9. Gunner1290
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Why was dcl subbed at half time today...

          1. atcampos88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Up 2-0 at half in a cup match, I think it was more about changing tactics and giving him some rest. Doesn't look to be anything injury related from what I can see.

          2. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Just for rest I guess. Maybe they were knocking him about too much. Richi was on for a hattie so stayed on longer.

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Why did he start in the first place was my question . . . same with about half the team.

        10. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Who is better Son or Jimenez?

          1. osceola31909
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            In the short term, I would say Jimenez.

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Son by quite some distance

            Best finisher in the league

            1. sinik
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              best finisher in the league? uhm

            2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Vardy is better

          3. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Both on for 200 points, but there's a lot of those around.

            It's a struggle choosing, it really is and it's not a massive help with the end of season totals when we're targeting blocks

        11. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Here’s the merry men ready to take the world on in GW3. G2G?

          -4 1.5itb
          McCarthy
          TAA, Davies, Taylor
          Salah, KDB (C), Rodriguez, Podence, Soucek
          Werner, Martial
          (Steer) (Mitchell, KWP, Brewster)

          Hoping for better things than last weeks debacle and slightly fearing all these WC teams!

          Cheers and GL all!

          1. atcampos88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            After letting in 5 against Tottenham, I don't know how people are still trying to roll McCarthy out there.

            I get that the fixtures look nice on paper but that is not a defense I would want to trust. Just my opinion though 🙂

            If you do roll with McCarthy, I would recommend moving KWP to another 4.5 like Lamptey, I DEFINITELY would not want to have to rely on two Southampton defenders.

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              1000% I want both McCarthy and KWP gone but it was totally not worth more hits for this one GW!

        12. thebreeze23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Hi I'm a newbie. I've added up the total of my proposed wildcard team and it adds up to 99.9 million. The FPL website is saying I'm at 100.1 million. Makes no sense to me. Could someone lend some wisdom! Have added it up with a calculator 4 times!

          1. noquarternt
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Buying value and selling value aren't the same.

            You only get half of the selling value.

            Say you bought Salah for 12.0

            He rises to 12.1

            Someone has to buy him for 12.1 but you can only sell him for 12.0.

            1. noquarternt
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              You buy DCL for 7.0

              He rises to 7.2

              Someone has to buy him for 7.2, you can sell him for 7.1

              1. thebreeze23
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I see, very helpful thank you.

            2. thebreeze23
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Ok, got you! Wow, so it's not too smart to get rid of Mane when he dropped to 11.9 bc he most likely would've come back up to 12 or more... and therefore now the value of my whole team (bc I sold him) has dropped, correct?

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Correct. I've lost money this way on WC's WAY too many times in the past . . . especially as you tinker with your team - once you commit you can lose money....it's very annoying.

                1. thebreeze23
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Yea I sold two player at .1 less than I bought them not realizing the repercussions. Thanks for your response. good luck this week!

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Looks at 'list view' on transfer page too see your selling price

            1. thebreeze23
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Nice! Also very helpful! Thank you!

        13. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Evening lads. Help me here a little. Already did Auba to KdB. Have another FT and 0.5 iTB.

          What to do ?

          McCarthy
          TAA-Bavies-Ayling
          Salah(C)-KdB-Barnes-Son
          Werner-Mitrovic-Adams

          Steer-Mitchell-Justin-Bissouma

          Really want Jimenez but dont know how to fit him right now.

          1. UnitedRthebest
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Davies to Saiss.

              1. Niho992
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Yes that's sensible pick but thinking to save transfer also

              2. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                this

            • Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 8 days ago

              GTG

          2. Aubamazette
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Why are people so against Bruno after just one game looool

            1. noquarternt
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Did you watch it? Did you see where he played and how far he got forward with Beeky on the pitch?

              10.5 is a lot of money...

              1. Aubamazette
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I think he came deep only due to the circumstances of being 2 goals down, he came deep as he feels like he has the ability and wanted the responsibility to take control and unlock the defence.

                The whole team wasn't firing either i can see them bouncing back vs brighton and Bruno not playing so deep against them

              2. Ruinenlust
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                His points have always come from set pieces, who cares where he plays

                1. Aubamazette
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  This also!

                  1. noquarternt
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    Fair play, good luck to you both

                2. Aubamazette
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Had to come back to this, we’re laughingg

            2. Rondon9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Good for you then if you own

              1. Aubamazette
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I do, Man U Historically do not do well first game of the season i see them bouncing back vs brighton

          3. barcaa7
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Soucek to Podence for -4
            Yes or No?

            1. Rondon9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              First sub?

              1. barcaa7
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Mitchell

                1. Rondon9
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Id play Mitchell

                  1. barcaa7
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    Soucek will drop tonight

                    1. Rondon9
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 8 days ago

                      Dont worrie about that

                      Points over value

                      1. barcaa7
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        Cheers

                        1. Ruinenlust
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 8 days ago

                          Value definitely more important than points at the start of the season

                          1. sinik
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 8 days ago

                            No it isn't.

            2. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              It's a yes from me.

              1. barcaa7
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                cheers

          4. davies
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Who to captain?

            A) Werner (wba)
            B) KDB (LEI)

            1. barcaa7
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              B

            2. Rondon9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Both great options

              Pick the one you think will do best

            3. Francescoli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Leaning towards a Man City asset.

            4. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              B

          5. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            The no Son WC:

            Martinez
            Robbo James Saiss
            Salah KDB Foden Podence
            Werner Jim DCL

            4.0 Soucek Lamptey Mitchell

            James is the only pick in there I'm not keen on long-term, thinking about going with another 4.5 and rotating with Lamptey and Mitchell (plus the extra 0.6 ITB is useful for e.g. Jimi to Martial later on).

            Think the bench is good enough to cover Podence + Foden, the rest are all nailed.

            Any good?

            1. Hart-ake
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Yes very nice. Similar to mine above. I like Soucek as a first bench option if I had the spare cash especially with the risk of a Foden benching.

          6. Ruinenlust
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            How come DCL was subbed off at half time? Injury?

            1. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Cup game. Just resting him. They were 2 nil up.

          7. Bruno Bruno!!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Selling Auba is a risk with his ownership ?

            1. Aubamazette
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Nope most people have made the move from auba to a city mid

          8. Francescoli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Toying with two Wildcard drafts. Which do you prefer:

            A)
            Martinez
            Robertson Saiss Taylor
            KDB Sterling Havertz Podence
            Werner DCL Jimenez

            Steer; Lamptey, Mitchell, Burke

            B)
            Martinez
            TAA Digne Saiss
            KDB Sterling Son Podence
            Mitro DCL Jimenez

            Steer Burke Mitchell Lamptey
            + 0.8 in the bank if I want to jump back on Salah

          9. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I really like what Lateriser has said about getting to your ideal team early, and about "glue guys". It's helped me understand that it's OK to fix up some issues in my cheap players with hits now, since I'm not using WC now. The RMT tool supports these moves based on their long-term benefit over a large number of GWs, even though they're not likely to have immediate large payoffs.

            Once we get past the first month of the season, then it will be a policy of taking hits only for moves with massive potential upside.

            1. Bad Kompany
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              This is making wonder if it’s worth a hit to replace McCarthy. His next two are decent so will probably hold him for those but after that I might remove him. Will need to somehow find .5 because I don’t like any of the 4.5 gk

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Could be. I had a bad experience with removing Pope for a hit last season, but clearly McCarthy is no Pope.

                I'm on Meslier myself and willing to give him a chance for the short term, given a lack of good cheap GK options. For defenders, there are a lot of good options, so there's no need to stick with bad options.

          10. Dillonb93
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            A) DCL & Havertz
            B) Werner & Podence

            On wildcard

            Cheers!

            1. atcampos88
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              I wouldn't trust Havertz until we see it in the Prem.

          11. Bad Kompany
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            For fpl draft would you rather have Greenwood or Barnes?

          12. atcampos88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Doesn't look like a done deal and not sure if it is still on after the Semedo transfer, but anyone worried about Podence if Douglas Costa makes the move to Wolves?